Why this adventure works…
One gorilla trek is amazing, but most people leave wanting more. Two is pretty incredible. And three? Well three is just marvellous. This itinerary takes you to three different locations with a serious focus on gorillas, while squeezing in a few other highlights alongside your treks.
A starting point for your bespoke itinerary:
POST FLIGHT RECOVERY in Entebbe (1 night)- this is a pleasant spot to spend time relaxing after your international flights. If you want to see something really special, we can send a boat to whisk you across the lake to the Mbamba Wetlands, one of the best places in Uganda to see the shoebill stork.
GORILLA (2-3 nights) Fly from Entebbe down to Mgahinga National Park. Nestled up near the Rwandan border, there’s just one gorilla family here, and the vegetation and landscape are more like trekking in Rwanda. Take the chance to visit the golden monkeys or the really thoughtful visits with the Batwa community.
GORILLA GORILLA (2-3 nights) Drive to the undeveloped southern side of Bwindi (Lake Mutanda is a lovely spot to stop for a bit of lunch. Do a standard gorilla trek, or if you’re feeling fit, try the gorilla habituation programme at Rushaga- this isn’t for the faint hearted, but it’s an insight that few regular travellers get to see!
GORILLA, GORILLA, GORILLA (3-4 nights) Head over to northern Bwindi– you could drive, but the fastest route is walking straight through the forest, spotting orchids and brightly coloured birds as you go. After so much excitement we’d be tempted to add a rest day here (and a cold drink at the Bwindi Bar) before doing one final gorilla trek.
HOMEWARD BOUND… fly back to Entebbe for your journey home
Other ideas for your adventure… chimp lovers could consider popping up to Kyambura Gorge in nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park for more great apes, or if a taster of shoebills isn’t enough, try Semliki or Murchison Falls. Alternatively, break your journey home with a couple nights at Mihingo Lodge.
Make your trip extraordinary by… making the most of the amazing community projects in Buhoma- Ride 4 a Woman is a real favourite of ours doing incredible work- we can even arrange for you to stay for the night if you wish.
When to go… If we’re honest, Uganda can be seriously wet at any time of year. April and May is the wettest time, and it can also be quite heavy going underfoot in the mud. Probably the driest time is July/August, so if this is important to you that could be a time to aim for, but we issue no guarantees…
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